We gave you some advice about navigating a full-blown kava ceremony in Fiji, but we also want to encourage you to seek this out in bars throughout the Polynesian Pacific, including Hawaii. The experience is an interesting one, from the cut coconut cups to the instant numbing of the mouth upon drinking. The best way to describe the feeling after a few is one of relaxation and sedation that does not sacrifice mental clarity or motor skills.
Those traveling through Hawaii Island this winter can find a good cup of kava here. It's where we had our first, and discovered the biggest hurdle for newbies is getting over the flavor. It is definitely obvious you are drinking the remains of a root, but if all goes according to plan, you won't care by the time you get through your second round.